Fabrosaurus ‭(‬Fabre’s lizard‭)

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Fabrosaurus ‭(‬Fabre’s lizard‭)

Phonetic : F‬ab-roe-sore-us.

Named By : Leonard Ginsburg‭ ‬-‭ ‬1964

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Uncertain due to lack of remains, Estimated 1 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Euornithopod

Type Species : F.‭ ‬australis‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in : South Africa

When it Lived : Early Jurassic, 199–189 million years ago

Fabrosaurus (//,faebr@’so:r@s/ FAB-ro–SAWR-@s/) is an extinct genus ornithischian dinosaur. It lived in the Early Jurassic between the (Hettangian and Sinemurian stages 299 – 189 Mya). It was originally part of the obsolete family Fabrosauridae, which is now considered to be basal Ornithischia.

Leonard Ginsburg, a paleontologist, named Fabrosaurus and described it in 1964. The holotype specimen was a partial jawbone that had three teeth. Fabrosaurus is French for “Fabre’s Lizard” and honors Jean Fabre, a French geologist who was a colleague of Ginsburg during the expedition that found the fossil in Basutoland (now Lesotho). F. australis was the type species. It was named after the fossil’s location in the Elliot Formation of Lesotho, Southern Africa. Australis is Latin for “southern”. Ginsburg (1964) initially placed Fabrosaurus within the Scelidosauridae, but later research has placed it as a basal Ornithischian.

Two crushed skulls were found, along with disarticulated post-cranial bone fragments (including vertebrae and ribs), which allowed for a better reconstruction. As additional ornithischian fossils became available, it was believed that F. australis’ features were shared by other species. In the 1990s and 2000s, most authors who worked with the group considered Fabrosaurus to have a nomen Dubium (doubtful title). Ginsburg found the holotype material insufficient to identify a new taxon. Some believe the fossils are a simple variation on Lesothosaurus which is considered a valid taxon.

Source: Wikipedia